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apolysis

Definition:
The separation of old endocuticle or exoskeleton from the underlying epidermis, as seen in insects, arthropods etc. During this process, an organism may hide to protect itself and becomes inactive. Apolysis is usually followed by ecdysis.
Concept Schemes:
NALT Full
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URI:
https://lod.nal.usda.gov/nalt/11225
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RDF/XMLCreated 2006-01-19, last modified 2016-09-21